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David Ortiz Backs Red Sox’s Alex Cora For Not Visiting White House

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Andrew Benintendi celebrates in the dugout after hitting the winning home run in the 12th inning

The event is scheduled to start at 3:45 p.m.

In a Rose Garden ceremony Thursday afternoon, President Donald Trump said it was his "pleasure" to welcome the Boston Red Sox to the White House, congratulating the team's members for their 2018 World Series-winning season - or at least the ones in attendance.

Tweet by White House correspondent Elaina Plott that was retweeted by George Conway, first of three.

This is a screenshot of the press release issued by the White House on Thursday, May 9, 2019 with a transcript of President Donald Trump's comments to the Boston Red Sox.

"Each Red Sox player is a shining example of excellence living out an American sporting tradition that goes back many generations", Trump said at the event after recounting the Red Sox's road to a World Series victory. We're in a good place.

"There's a group that is going home", he added.

During the ceremony, Mr. Sale thanked the president, while outfielder J.D. Martinez joshed the president, saying it must have been tough for the Yankees fan to stomach their visit. "Obviously, you don't read everything, you don't hear everything, but you have an idea what's going on". "I certainly understand his decision not to come, and I respect it". Just to make sure we're all on the same page, we decided that this is the way we're going to do it. "I'd rather not go and be consistent with everything".

"I don't think it's the political side of it. Nobody has to be ashamed or pressured not to go or to go.' Everything is fine, to be honest with you".

The president strongly opposes additional disaster aid for Puerto Rico and has repeatedly brushed off criticism about his administration's handling of recovery efforts after hurricanes María and Irma made landfall in 2017. It also reflects a larger trend across baseball: A number of players hail from Trump-friendly states such as Texas and Florida, while the sport has also seen a surge in Latino players and a decline in African Americans. Cora said he did not "feel comfortable" celebrating at the White House. The Red Sox were not at the White House for a meal, Werner said.

Alex Cora is pushing back against recent media discussion of what could be perceived as a racial divide in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse ahead of the team's trip to the White House. Those kids went out there and they played their heart out. "We know a lot of people doubt that".

Cora revealed a year ago that during contract negotiations with the Red Sox in 2017, he requested as part of his deal a plane full of supplies to help people that were struggling in the wake of the storm.

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